Cardinal History

HomerPimpson

Veteran
Joined
Sep 28, 2020
Posts
473
Reaction score
840
Location
Phoenix
Yeah the Metcalf stuff was bad he was a great player, yes he fumbled but it was largely about money. Metcalf was the best all purpose back in the game and the Cards didn't want to pay him.

I've mentioned this before one of my fondest memories of him is a play that according to everything I've ever seen online didn't happen, but I know it did because I saw it so i'm thinking it must have been a preseason game. He returned a punt for a TD, they called it back for a penalty, they punted again and he ran that one back all the way too. Now that I think about it I can't remember if it was a punt or a KO I think a punt, This was mid 70's so 45 years ago now so not surprising I can't remember.

the other one goes back to why he left, Bidwill Sr. We drafted him because Coryell coached against him in college and never forgot how good he was. They went out to lunch, Bidwill was there too. They are all sitting there and Coryell says so Terry how would you feel about playing CB, and Coryell says oh no Terry is my RB no way we're moving him to defense. That's how Senior was, he was NOT a football guy but he had this weird thing about intervening and in bad ways. I read a book about Metcalf later on where he said the first 2 years of his career the only time Bidwill spoke to him was to complain about fumbles or tell him he was too small.

People who didn't follow them back then have no idea how bad it was, Metcalf left us to go to Canada, that was unheard of. Norm Thompson was the first true FA in NFL history, left us. We lost so many good players due to that.


Love this post. And as to your following one regarding Lomax, he's a legend to me and the reason I started liking the Cards before they moved here.
 

Russ Smith

The Original Whizzinator
Supporting Member
Joined
May 14, 2002
Posts
67,419
Reaction score
12,592
Love this post. And as to your following one regarding Lomax, he's a legend to me and the reason I started liking the Cards before they moved here.


Yeah I'm biased as a Cards fan but when people talk about how bad we were for a long time, Bidwill was a huge reason but we were also incredibly unlucky. Lomax and the hip set the franchise back, then we draft Rosenbach who while not as good as Lomax had the look of a 10 year starter. First year was promising too many picks % too low but back then guys his age wasn't unusual. Ran for nearly 500 yards, 16 TD's it certainly looked like if he improved per normal he'd be a solid starter for the franchise but he hurt the knee had other issues and just never recovered
 

Shaggy

Site Owner Administrator
Administrator
Moderator
Joined
Sep 29, 2008
Posts
8,689
Reaction score
2,396
Location
Arizona
It amazes me how any of us could enjoy watching football on tv with how bad it looked compared to now.
 

TheCardFan

Things have changed.
Joined
May 14, 2002
Posts
7,712
Reaction score
4,906
Location
Charlotte
It amazes me how any of us could enjoy watching football on tv with how bad it looked compared to now.

We didn't know any better!

Think about how awesome dial up internet was at first...watching pages load so slowly from top to bottom! :pullhair:
 
Top